Accelerating Neighborhood Climate Action (ANCA)
The city is sponsoring an Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action (ANCA) Program in Boulder which will support and establish a network of neighborhood climate leaders. It will help neighborhoods develop broader networks to support their ongoing climate leadership.
The ANCA Pilot Program will support planning to identify and involve individuals and families in adopting practices that will lower their carbon footprint as well as the community’s, one neighborhood at a time. Currently, the Boulder ANCA pilot is initially seeking to engage three (3) interested neighborhoods for the pilot in 2021.
Phase 1: Recruitment of the Planning Committee -- October 2020
This is a community-led program. The city is recruiting a group of neighborhood leaders to develop a demonstration forum in November. The Planning Committee will design and promote the forum.
The Demonstration Forum was held on Nov. 14, 2020. At the event, the community came together to learn about the opprtunity to accelerate climate action in their neighborhood, assess interest in becoming a pilot neighborhood and develop relationships to advance local climate action.
Did you miss the meeting? Watch the meeting or review the presenter slides:
- Watch the meeting
- Mayor Sam Weaver: Community Climate Action
- Leslie Glustrom: Clean Energy
- Suzanne Jones: Zero Waste and Circularity
Phase 3: Recruitment and selection of three pilot neighborhoods:
Currently, the Boulder ANCA pilot is initially seeking to engage three (3) interested neighborhoods for the pilot in 2021. The process to select the three pilot neighborhoods will be:
- Attend the ANCA demonstration forum
- Submit Boulder ANCA pilot application by Jan. 8
- Climate Initiatives/ANCA forum planning committee reviews applications
- Neighborhoods informed of acceptance into the pilot
- Pilot neighorhoods form planning committeees and work with ANCA coordinator/faciliator to organize their neighorhood climate action forum
The selected neighborhoods will work with the city and ANCA to develop climate actions and host a virtual forum with their neighborhood.
This program was inspired by a similar one begun in Chicago in 2013 where events were held in all 77 communities of neighborhoods across the city. A sharing of success stories among local leaders there culminated that initial work and is ongoing. Denver has held Climate Action Forums in 12 of their 79 neighborhoods producing 41 action plans. (To see a neighborhood’s planning documentation, go to www.accelerateclimateaction.org and click on any one of the named neighborhoods.)